What did I think before an education
When first starting on a new subject, I’m overwhelmed with all the new perspectives, ideas, methods, assumptions, and inspired by sparks of clarity at all the missing pieces. Problem is, I’m so excited questioning everything I’m learning, the basics of the subject don’t sink in. This really shows my background in Santa Cruz, where Ralph Abraham taught me to question every foundation of mathematics and History of Conciousness professors led me to absurd paradoxical loops of questioning authorities. The other risk is forgetting the sparks of innovation in assimilating the texts and arguments of the field.
This happened recently with a course in Evolutionary Theory. The models of the Neo-Darwinian synthesis can be very absolutist, and I was particularly struck by the absence (generally) of consideration for ecosystem effects in evolution. Well, there was loads of material to engage in, and I eventually got into it. Have I forgotten what I wasn’t taught? Hope I can find the edges of these ideas again.